The Black History Month Display at Value Village
In an unusual turn, the Value Village next door to the Stranger has an incredibly disturbing window display just in time for Black History Month.
1) A black plastic doll, wearing a tiny swimsuit, overturned in
2) A miniature red wagon that looks like it’s seen better days.
3) A rumpled white sheet with the words “Martin Luther” spray-painted in black over a field of pink and purple spray-paint scribbles (the sheet is folded in half, obscuring “King”);
4) Three books: “Colin Powell: My American Journey”; Bo Jackson’s autobiography, “Bo Knows Bo,” and a slim black volume called “Major Black Writers Teaching Guide”;
5) An assortment of vaguely African-esque jackets, scarves, and housedresses, including one that looks like a black graduation gown;
6) Several torn pieces of fabric painted with minstrel-ish images of black men and women in dreadlocks, one of which is wearing
7) A giant blue housedress;
8) Miscellaneous “ethnic” wooden jewelry; and
9) A collection of records representing Value Village’s African-American offerings: Grover Washington, Jr.; Christmas with Nat Kng Cole; Joan Armatrading; and Philip Bailey. And Steel Band Music of the Carribbean.
See it while you can.